Butrans transdermal patch 10mcg/h Why do I need this medicine? Buprenorphine is used to treat severe chronic (long-term) pain.
How do I use this medicine? Use Buprenorphine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not use more than 2 patches at the same time.
Apply to a clean, dry, hairless or nearly hairless skin area. You may apply to any ONE of the following skin areas:
- upper outer arm
- upper chest
- upper back
- side of chest
Avoid applying on skin that is red, inflammed, irritated or scarred.
Each patch should be worn continuously for 7 days. The new patch should be applied on a different skin area, preferably at the same time of day as the previous patch. Do not apply to the same skin area for the next 3-4 weeks.
The patch should not fall off when you bathe or swim. If the patch falls off, apply a new one. What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know. Can I use this with other medicines? Do not use Buprenorphine together or within 2 weeks of taking a type of antidepressant known as MAOI inhibitors, such as moclobemide, selegiline and phenelzine.
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- other painkillers such as morphine
- sleeping pills or anxiety medication such as diazepam, midazolam, alprazolam
- cough medicine such as codeine or dextromethorphan
- antihistamines such as chlorpheniramine
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription. How should I store this medicine? Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
When should I not use this medicine? Buprenorphine patch is not meant for the treatment of acute pain, opioid drug addiction or withdrawal symptoms.
Alert your doctor if you have myasthenia gravis, or if you previously had alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, anxiety or hallucinations.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you get pregnant during treatment. Do not use Buprenorphine if you are pregnant.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Buprenorphine.
Alert your doctor if you are currently taking or have taken within the last 2 weeks, antidepressants called MAOI inhibitors, such as moclobemide, selegiline, phenelzine. What should I take note of while using this medicine? Alert your doctor if you have liver disease, epilepsy (seizures) or any brain disorders.
Alert your doctor if you are or were previously addicted to drugs.
Alert your doctor if you develop a fever while being treated with Buprenorphine. When you are feverish, more Buprenorphine than normal may be absorbed into your body and this may not be good for you. Avoid exposing the patch to heat such as heating pads, sauna, hot tubs and tanning lamps. Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take? Avoid alcohol.
What side effects could I experience? Buprenorphine may cause dizziness and drowsiness. If you feel dizzy or drowsy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Buprenorphine may also cause headache, difficulty sleeping, anxiety or depression, nervousness, chills, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, dry mouth, sweating, back pain, itch or rashes at the site of application.
Buprenorphine may cause other side effects. Alert your doctor if you have unusual problems while being treated with Buprenorphine.